The Los Angeles Lakers are finally making progress towards building a Championship level contender in the West. With LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Kyle Kuzma, they have the backbone of something really special.
In order to truly maximize their chances though, they will need to add depth. There have been a number of ideas as to which players could fit that role for them but there are two in particular who may fit the bill.
“When you try to sell it to these marquee stars the only guy that kind of jumps out at me as being able to take it is Jimmy Butler because Jimmy will give it right back to him. You got to be on the plus side to what LeBron is doing and then be part of the Lakers what they soul is.”
As for Derrick Rose, Kyler is non-commital on Rose and the Lakers expirement. “I don’t know where Derrick’s head is,” Kyler tells Scoop B Radio. “You know, the interesting thing with Derrick Rose is this time last year people would say no way,” NBA writer, Steve Kyler told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“Just to play a little bit to get his confidence back, [but] my question is: how much or does Derrick [Rose] want to be in LeBron’s shadow? That’s always the unspoken problem in all of this is you got to be one of LeBron’s guys or you’re going to be pointed out by LeBron every time you don’t do what he wanted you to do. Not everybody is built for that.”
Ideally, Butler and Rose would be ideal candidates to fill the backcourt for the Lakers. While neither player is an exceptional shooter, they are capable of providing a punch on both ends of the floor.
The Lakers will likely have about $23 million in cap space for next year. Getting Butler and Rose will likely absorb all of it. Is it worth the price?